In 2016, California lawmakers and voters approved a broad swath of new firearms regulations that have made the state home to the most stringent gun laws in the country. But California has yet to become a hell for Second Amendment devotees; in fact, the new restrictions touched off a wave of invention that would make pioneers like John Browning and Samuel Colt proud.
With the passageSB 880 last year, California now forces unregistered AR-15s to use a fixed magazine system that requires owners to dismantle their rifle to remove. But AR-15s just weren't designed to work that way, as any good gun enthusiast knows it. That’s why, back at SHOT Show in January, Georgia-based, AR-15-parts company Mean Arms unveiled the MA Loader.
The detachable loading device, which includes a polymer guide on the outside of the rifle's ejection port and a 10-round polymer speed loader, allows gun owners to quickly reload their AR’s fixed magazine by placing the loader in the guide and thumbing in 10 rounds. Once the loader is removed, the bolt automatically goes forward, feeding a round into the chamber. It's an ingenious design, one that Mean Arms claims is compliant with SB 880.
In February, Mean Arms released a video demonstrating how their new speed loader works — and in a cheeky stab at the increasing ridiculousness of California’s gun laws, the tutorial uses a fully automatic rifle.
Mean Arms say their aim is to allow California gun owners to "still enjoy the use of their AR-15s with minimal disruptions while fully complying with the new laws." The loader is currently available for pre-order and will ship in April with an MSRP of $39.99.
Mean Arms isn’t the only company subverting the difficult gun laws: Towle, Inc, a veteran-owned, California-based manufacturer introduced their AR fixed magazine system speed loader back in January. Retailing at $24.99, Towle's speed loader is cheaper than the MA Loader, but requires the user to break open their rifle in order to load it.
The MA Loader and other stripper clip-loading systems currently under development in response to new gun laws California and other states are undoubtedly innovative. But in the end, Mean Arms' new system is an elegant solution to a problem that shouldn’t exist in the first place.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina.)
A special operations Marine is due in court on March 7 after being arrested last year for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Task & Purpose has learned.
Staff Sgt. Daniel Christopher Evans was arrested and charged with assault inflicting serious injury on July 29, 2018, according to Jennifer Dandron, a spokeswoman for police in Wilmington, North Carolina. Evans is currently assigned as a Critical Skills Operator with the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, according to the Marine Corps Personnel Locator.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts a call-for-fire during an artillery shoot south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. Medvigy, a fire support officer assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is the first female company fire support officer to serve in an infantry brigade combat team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston (Photo by U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)
Following Trump's inauguration, some supporters of ground combat integration assumed he would quickly move to reinstate a ban on women in jobs like the infantry. When this did not happen, advocates breathed a collective sigh of relief, and hundreds of qualified women charted a course in history by entering the newly opened occupational fields.
So earlier this week when the Wall Street Journal published an editorial against women in ground combat by conservative political commentator Heather Mac Donald, the inclination of many ground combat integration supporters was to dismiss it outright. But given Trump's proclivity to make knee jerk policy decisions in response to falling approval ratings and the court's tradition of deference to the military when it comes to policies affecting good order and discipline, it would be unwise to assume the 2016 lifting of the ban on women in ground combat is a done deal.